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Do you want to practise your reading and learn about global issues, special days and festivals?

In this section, read articles about a wide variety of topics. The articles are written for intermediate (CEFR level B1) and upper intermediate (CEFR level B2) learners.

You will improve your reading comprehension and develop your vocabulary on a diverse range of international events, celebrations and topics. Each article has interactive exercises to help you understand and use the language.

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What do you know about Diwali? It's one of the biggest events in the Indian calendar. And that means big celebrations in multicultural cities in Britain, too. Find out all about the festival and how it is celebrated in Britain.
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How much do you love your mobile phone? Could you live without it? Find out what British teenagers, parents and teachers say about the subject!
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Big dresses, huge cars, smart suits and lots of fun ... What exactly is a school prom and how is it taking over from the school disco?
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Do people have lots of holidays where you live? Where do they go and what do they do? Read more to find out about holidays in the UK!
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It is the most famous sporting competition in the UK and football's oldest competition. It's watched by millions of people. Read more to understand Britain's obsession with the FA Cup final.
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Are you good with money? Read the text to find out about British teenagers and their cash!
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There are so many ways to discover, buy and listen to music. What's the best way? Read more to find out about the exciting music culture in the UK!
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Do you have your lunch at school or do you go home for lunch? School dinners (lunch is also called dinner!) is a hot topic in the UK. Find out why in this article. 
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Mmm ... do you fancy a tasty bag of crisps? Or how about a yummy chocolate bar? British people love their snacks. Find out more about some popular British snacks. Don't read if you're hungry!
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Wearing a red nose for a day may seem like a strange way to raise money for charity. However, it seems to work in Britain.
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Dragon dances, acrobats, fireworks, a parade ... London is buzzing with excitement at Chinese New Year. Find out what you can do to join in the excitement!
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There is graffiti in almost every city in the world. Read this article to learn more about Britain's most famous graffiti artist.
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Do you want to know what people do on the biggest party night in the UK? Read on to find out.
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He was the greatest writer in the English language and is known around the world. But how much do you really know about William Shakespeare and his life?
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Does your school have any problems with discipline? What happens when students step out of line?
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Slang is very informal language which is often used by young people. It's hard to keep up to date with slang, but this article will help you learn a few words that your teacher may not know!
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Reality TV is more than just Big Brother. Read out about some unusual reality TV programmes that are popular in the UK.
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Do you prefer cats or dogs? Pets are an important part of many British families.
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We all do it! But do we get enough sleep? Read on to find out if you are sleep deprived.
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Do you like to wear the same clothes as your friends or do you like to dress differently? Adapting clothes and creating an individual style is very popular in the UK.
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Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day in your country? In the UK it’s the most romantic day of the year!
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Is there a special day for jokes and tricks in your country? Do you like playing tricks on people? If you’re ever in the UK on 1 April, you’d better watch out!
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In the UK, Bonfire Night (or Guy Fawkes Night) is celebrated on 5 November and the night skies are filled with colour. It’s a special day in honour of a historic event.
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Christmas in the UK is the biggest holiday of the year. Family gatherings, turkey, presents and parties are just some of the things that come to mind when we think about Christmas time.
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Would you like to be a secret agent and work undercover? Do you think the job in reality would be similar to how it's shown in films?
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Do students in your country go directly to university or college after school or do they have a break first? Taking a gap year between school and uni is quite common in the UK and there are lots of different ways to spend your time.
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How many languages can you speak? British people are generally not very good language learners. In a recent survey, 62 per cent of the population only speak English! 
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In the UK, only around 43% of 18- to 24-year-olds vote in general elections. Are you interested in politics, or do you change the TV channel when politicians appear on the screen?

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